This government-operated facility is for retired military and reserve personnel, paid for and operated by the federal government.
For those who qualify, it offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing"”all in separate buildings on a big and beautifully wooded campus. The size, however, can be a drawback for some people: The place is very spread out, so it may take a while to get from one building to another.
They are now in the process of renovating the whole facility, which will become state of the art"”and that construction is likely to continue for a couple years. Right now, the place is a bit like a maze, since many areas are blocked off. But the mess and inconvenience is necessary; the buildings are now on their last legs.
The residents do seem adequately cared for and engaged there, though.
And even before the renovation, there are some nice features"”including chapels, a golf course, a bank, and a bowling alley; it's like a little community, right on the premises. It is also very secure, with its own police and security guards.
There's a common dining room, with food that seems OK, but not particularly great. The rooms are adequate, but very basic; they look and feel like a dormitory.
There is a health center for those in independent and assisted living, which is staffed by nurses, care coordinators and social workers. There are also several doctors on staff. There's a good ratio of caregivers to residents throughout the facility.
There is also a social recreation department that organizes social events and military programs, and an extensive volunteer program for both residents and those who come in to the facility from the community. There are a few different resident councils that allow residents to participate. And transportation is provided around the clock to take residents to appointments and such.
What's notable is the strong sense of military pride here; many residents still wear their uniforms, or at least parts of them.